ShortList is supported by you, our amazing readers. When you click through the links on our site and make a purchase we may earn a commission. Learn more

Harry Potter fans are freaking out about a ‘plot hole’ in the 'Fantastic Beasts 2' trailer

Is this a major blunder?

Harry Potter fans are freaking out about a ‘plot hole’ in the 'Fantastic Beasts 2' trailer
14 March 2018

The trailer for the next instalment in the Harry Potter universe has finally dropped – and it looks like another good ‘un. In the preview for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, we see a good-looking, young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlisting his former student Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in a battle against the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (to be played by Johnny Depp).

To put this all in context, at the end of the first film, as fans will recall, Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) but the dark wizard escaped and set about gathering followers to bring mayhem to the wizarding world. 

It’s only short, but it looks very, very good:

But just as soon as the clip hit the internet, fans were completely up in arms, pointing out a huge ‘plot hole’. You see, in the original Harry Potter films it was established that wizards cannot apparate (basically, a magical form of teleportation) inside Hogwarts. And yet, it appears this exact thing happens in the preview.

Is this a major plot hole? 

Reacting to the trailer, Meagan said: “Wait. Were there people Apparating on the Hogwarts grounds in that trailer? Cause according to ‘Hogwarts, A History’ you can’t Apparate or Disapparate on the grounds.”


Not everyone thought it was actually that bad, however – some suggested the ‘no apparating rule’ could have been brought in at a later date.

Indeed, Carolyn Meers said: “I’ve very excited but very distracted because YOU CAN’T APPARATE ANYWHERE IN THE HOGWARTS GROUNDS. Have decided that Crimes of Grindelwald must take place before the rules were changed because that would be a ridiculous oversight! #WizardProblems”

The producers will no doubt be hoping this doesn’t turn into a full-blown snafu, having already dealt with accusations against Johnny Depp and claims of ‘straight-washing’ Dumbledore. Who knew the world of Harry Potter could be so controversial?!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is slated for release on 16 November 2018.

(Image: Warner Bros. Pictures / Heyday Films)